Although this article is off-topic for journalists + social media, it’s quite an important topic for journalists to consider. APIs are an important part of social media applications -- if you can write code, you can harness APIs for journalism uses.
“The usual definition of computer literacy stops at the UI: If a user knows how to make the machine work, he or she is computer-literate. But, of course, the deeper literacy of the programmer is far more powerful.”
(Published May 17, 2012.)